Impacts of access to free news subscriptions of traditional news outlets on news consumption behavior, political attitudes, and democratic preferences

Last registered on November 26, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Impacts of access to free news subscriptions of traditional news outlets on news consumption behavior, political attitudes, and democratic preferences
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0009940
Initial registration date
September 01, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
September 08, 2022, 12:40 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
November 26, 2022, 2:32 AM EST

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Stanford University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Sao Paulo School of Economics

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2022-08-19
End date
2022-12-05
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We study the impacts of offering access to newspapers by providing free digital news subscriptions to individuals and incentivizing consumption.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Castro, Caio and Joao Francisco Pugliese. 2022. "Impacts of access to free news subscriptions of traditional news outlets on news consumption behavior, political attitudes, and democratic preferences." AEA RCT Registry. November 26. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.9940-1.1
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2022-08-19
Intervention End Date
2022-11-29

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
News consumption habits, informational knowledge, political attitudes, and democratic preferences
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We provide free access to newspapers by issuing three-month coupons for the treatment group. The individuals can choose among five different newspapers. We also provide incentives for reading through quizzes about the content that is in the news.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done through survey platform
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1660
Sample size: planned number of observations
1660
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
909 control, 78 treatment, 677 treatment+incentives
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Stanford Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2022-08-16
IRB Approval Number
64785
Analysis Plan

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